- an awkward, eccentric, or foolish person.
Origin of galoot
- a variant spelling of galoot
- slang, mainly US a clumsy or uncouth person
Word Origin and History for galloot
"awkward or boorish man," 1812, nautical, "raw recruit, green hand," apparently originally a sailor's contemptuous word for soldiers or marines, of uncertain origin. "Dictionary of American Slang" proposes galut, Sierra Leone creole form of Spanish galeoto "galley slave."